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Cord-cutters unite…

Recently I sold my house and moved to a condo.  Said condo has basic cable only. Moving in there I did manage to get the internet changed from 0.24mbs Verizon to >10mbs Comcast. I wasn’t sure if I could live with just basic cable – which means you have about 7 non-Spanish, viewable channels!

The very thought of being limited like this made me break out in a cold sweat. You have to understand I was leaving a 250+ channel satellite setup with multiple dual tuner HD DVR’s, internet connected HDTV and set top boxes, internet viewable DVR iPad app  option and wicked home theater surround sound gig. I even had a bluetooth connector for my receiver so I could listen to iPad streamed music.

Yes, I was very proud of my geeked out den setup. Having at least 25 hours of recorded TV shows at any time I rarely watched live TV. I was rarely bored with TV because they were all shows I chose to record because I liked them!

How was I going to cope with a move to basic cable? It almost kept me awake at night considering the implications…

Now I have been on basic cable for a month and can’t say I really miss my original setup. I have been trying to figure out why this transition has actually been quite calming. I almost felt bound to watch the shows I had recorded before so that space could be freed up on the DVR for more episodes. Now if I miss an episode – oh well, too bad. It isn’t the end of the world! Who knew.

So I still have Roku with Netflix and I did purchase a subscription to Hulu+ so I can get some ‘DVR like’ functionality for a few shows. The Closer is one of my faves and is not on Hulu+, I can get some recordings on the TNT website or I could buy the episodes from iTunes, but really I have little interest.

Having super fast internet speeds gives me more than enough entertainment on my iPad now. My Kindle app had more money spent on ebooks last month than I normally spend in a year! Sure, I actually have to sit through commercial breaks now but it’s amazing what a high score you can get on Bejewelled in a few minutes!

Before I had Dish Network and I have to say I liked them. Customer service was always good and I didn’t think they were too much of a rip off. I always figured when I bought another house I would resume with Dish or a cable provider again. Now though, I don’t think I will. It almost feels like a great ball and chain has been released from my leg – I don’t have to sit and watch 4 hours of House just to get through the season. A new season of Rizolli and Isles – great, can’t see it but I can buy an episode if I absolutely can’t live without it!

Admittedly, I would not have given up my setup for basic cable if I had not been forced to make a choice. I had expected that after a few weeks I would be so aggravated I would offer to pay the extra money for the ‘real’ TV package!

Course then I surfed over to the Comcast website and started looking at the options. You want HOW MUCH for some channels? Oh, that is just the introductory price. Hmmm, so when the 2 years is up, what will this triple play $99 change to? Oh, a heck of a lot more – right. What if I only need it for a few months – oh that package is available but it will cost more to give you the right to cancel – okay dokey.

Forget it – if I find I am not using Hulu+ much I just click the cancel button and it is gone – no late fees, no cancellation fees, no equipment return fees.

The only show I have a slight pang for is kind of embarrassing to admit. I could have said Criminal Minds, or CSI or even The Closer, but no. The show that makes me wonder how they are doing is …. Operation Repo!


No power!

Pah, I haven’t had power at my house since the stupid ice storm on Thursday night. We don’t know what ice storms are in Scotland because it never gets that cold. I have had to send my Mum pictures so she knows what I am talking about.

I have been staying at a friends house since Friday, but I miss my usual routine. Even the TV shows I normally watch. When you have had 250 channels and DVR’s entertaining you for so long you realize how crap basic cable is and how annoying commercials are. Does anyone actually buy anything because of a commercial? Who was the genius that managed to con the perfume makers into advertising on TV?

To be honest, I think I would NOT buy a Toyota now because their stupid advert about the Toyotathon drives me crazy. Oh, that and the ‘saved by zero’ one. Grrrr! I’ll stick with my Mazda cause at least they are somewhat cool with the zoom-zoom series.

PSNH has started using Twitter though for storm outage updates which I thought was pretty forward thinking of them. I even finally joined Twitter just so I could follow them. Course, what I really want is an online street map that hightlights where power is out and is updated when it is restored. Now that would be real progress! Currently I have to spend my time calling the house to see if the answer machine will kick in.

My Mum is arriving on Christmas Day for a few weeks visit. This means two things – (1) my freezer was almost empty anyway since I finished eating all her frozen meals from the summer and (2) now there is lots of room for her to fill it up again! Roll on Mum!!! Hopefully power will have been restored by then or we will be camping out in Boston!!!

Update Dec 19th

So I went back to my house yesterday afternoon – to boil some more pots of water to try and raise the internal temperature. Well there is snow on my driveway, so I figure I should remove it before the next storm dumps today. I go to start my snow blower and I  yank the stupid cord and I yank it some more, and then I spray WD40 all over and top up with fresh gas and yank some more… nothing! Nothing!!! So then I got my exercise in from having to manually shovel the driveway. Anyone know how to jump start a snow blower from your car? Where is the electric when you need the electric starter????

Well, since we are due another 8″ – 12″ today, I am not going to go home until the darn power is restored. I did speak t a very nice lady at PSNH last night and she said that it should be back by tonight. They have to replace a pole somewhere and get us poor 22 homes back online!

Update Dec 21st

Got power back on Saturday morning – hurray! Went back home and was finally able to get the snow blower started with the electric start option. Took a while though and eventually a good old fashioned kick seemed to fix whatever was blocking it! Got rid of the foot of snow on the driveway and now we are getting another estimated 10″ today. What joy, but at least it is looking Christmassy. Oh, and so I did get in the mood and put up my Christmas tree yesterday too. Not quite up to my usual Martha standards, but not bad on a short trip home.